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--- Mar 24 1999 Go to category
Subject: The Next Generation
Category: General Questions
From: KC JAM (KC)

Are you optimistic about the next generation that would carry the torch?

Pat’s Answer:

No question that we have more young, competent straight - ahead type players around than we've had for a long time. To me, the likely thing is that out of this group will emerge a few guys looking to say "yeah, but what else could we do with this...." and the form will continue to evolve. For me personally the straight ahead thing is very encouraging 'cause I've never really come across anyone who was exciting to me as a musician who wasn't also a very good straight ahead player first. It's what they do with it that counts. Christian McBride and Josh Redman are excellent examples of guys who I think will really be fun to watch as their careers unfold.